UVU students win second cybersecurity competition this year


In the seventh annual Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (RMCCDC) on March 9 and 10 in Colorado, Utah Valley University’s Cybersecurity Club took first place against competing schools from Kansas, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Colorado.


Teams were able to test their cybersecurity skills by defending an existing network from a cyber attack. UVU’s Cybersecurity club now has the opportunity to represent the region at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC).


“These competitions are a great way for students to demonstrate that the education and skills developed at UVU are what employers are looking for,” said Paul Morey, associate professor of information technology and faculty advisor. “Preparation for these competitions elevates the quality of education about cybersecurity topics at UVU and winning them shows what a fantastic reputation we are earning.”


Austin Larsen, president and team member of the UVU Cybersecurity Club, led the team of eight in their efforts. The other team members included Chris Hallstrom, Charlie Espaillat, Alex Reyneke, Ryan Fisk, Daniel Daley, Logan Barnes, and Chriss Hansen.




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